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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 18, 2010 9:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did playing larger venues, change the music played ?

I also prefer the earlier sound , bu to hijack my own thread (again) , I wonder how the change in sound had to do with hearing loss, and the need to hear oneself better onstage, than artistic taste ? Besides the guitars, Phil went from a relatively rich sound to a cleaner sound as time went on . Was this a result of him getting closer to the sound he wanted all along, or a change in taste, or the ability to hear ?
All those years on stage must have dented their hearing . I have herd vague , maybe anti-Weir bullshit, rumors that Weir is partially tone deaf .
The famous conductor Toscanini's hearing loss, might have made him prefer to record in extremely dry sound of NBC Studio 8H ( now home to SNL) , that make his late recording hard on the ear . I wonder if our boys have ever been tested . I cant' help thinking of that photo from 68, at the Orange County Fairgrounds ( near here ) with them leaning into their amps, for feedback, and Phil is is plugging one ear, as in "ouch"!

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Aug 18, 2010 11:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Did playing larger venues, change the music played ?

According to McNally's book, they all suffered hearing loss to some extent in the later years. That supposedly was the original reason that they tried replacing the stage monitors with the in ear monitors in the early 90s.